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Nate Hartmann

Nate Hartmann

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Nate Hartmann has a penchant for doing great things at a young age. At age 18, he founded  Yellow Box Studios,  now a successful digital marketing strategy company. He's also the youngest board member of the Selfhelp Home, helping the storied Jewish retirement community market to a younger audience. 

Advising and mentoring others has gone hand in hand with Nate's career. He is a former adjunct lecturer for the University of Illinois College of Media, serves on the advisory council of the University of Florida's Master's in Digital Strategy program and is a mentor at 1871.  

Inspired by his grandfather, Nate spearheaded "Last Whispers: Our Holocaust Stories," a Selfhelp Home project that just last month set up professional video crews to capture the more candid and personal stories of Chicago's remaining Holocaust survivors. 


CEO/founder of Yellow Box Studios

I mentor at 1871, sit on a handful of advisory boards, speak on digital marketing trends, occasionally lecture as an adjunct instructor, try to read more and struggle (but strive!) to cook well.

Happily taken

Either of the Weasley twins from “Harry Potter.”

My grandfather. He escaped Germany on one of the last Kindertransports in 1939 and then went on to spend the rest of the war in England with his brother. At only 15 years old, he led an anti-aircraft battery in the British Homeguard, which he said helped give him a refreshed sense of purpose as the majority of his family did not make it through the war. He was always an open book -- just as willing to share stories about his life before the war as he was to talk about how he started a successful family business even in “retirement.”

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